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Stovetop Oatmeal Base Recipe

This is one of our base recipes. If you love our overnight oats recipe, you’ll love this simple stovetop oatmeal recipe! It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, is made with pantry staples, packed with nutrition, and full of flavor.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk or milk alternative
  • 1 teaspoon natural sweetener (or to taste)
  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon flavor extract and/or spice
  • Dash salt
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats

Optional Toppings or Mix-Ins

  • 2 Tablespoons dried fruit or ½ cup fresh, frozen (thawed), or pureed fruit
  • 1-2 Tablespoons toasted nuts, seeds, or nut butters
  • 1-2 Tablespoons toasted coconut


  • In a small saucepan, combine milk, water, sweetener, spices, flavor extract, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Add oats, reduce heat, and stir to combine. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until oats are plump and liquid is mostly absorbed. Remove from heat and let settle for another minute before eating. Oatmeal will thicken as it cools.
  • Mix in or top with optional ingredients. Enjoy!


Don’t over-stir, or the oats will become gummy. Just a quick stir to mix everything together, and that should do the trick!